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Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides

From: Office 2013 New Features

Video: Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides

This next new feature in Word 2013 will help you save some time and hassle when working with the objects you're trying to place in the right spots, inside your document. They're called the Alignment Guides, and they'll pop up when you need them, disappear when you don't, and they'll work with objects like tables, charts and images. So, we're going to experiment with this file called Identity Branding Alignment. There's a space between the title and the first paragraph where we could insert an image. So, let's just click in there. Next, we'll go to the Insert Tab if you have the exercise files.

Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides

This next new feature in Word 2013 will help you save some time and hassle when working with the objects you're trying to place in the right spots, inside your document. They're called the Alignment Guides, and they'll pop up when you need them, disappear when you don't, and they'll work with objects like tables, charts and images. So, we're going to experiment with this file called Identity Branding Alignment. There's a space between the title and the first paragraph where we could insert an image. So, let's just click in there. Next, we'll go to the Insert Tab if you have the exercise files.

When you click, Pictures, here on the Ribbon and go to the Word folder of those exercise files, you'll find a couple of graphic images that we might want to use in this document. We're going to start with the NO_sport_on_white, No Obstacle Sport Logo. Give it a click and click Insert. Now, it will be inserted in its original size where the cursor was flashing, where we clicked in our document. But when we go to resize this or even move it around, those alignment guides will help us get it in the right spot. We'll start by going off to the right-hand corner here at the top where we see some layout options when we click the logo.

What we want to do is make sure that text is not going to wrap around the sides, just above and below. So, let's go down to Text Wrapping here and select the option known as Top and Bottom. Also, do we want this to move with any text we might add or remove from this document or would it rather be fixed wherever we place it on the page? Let's choose a Fixed Positioning on Page. Now, it's time to work with our logo. So, go right in to the center of the logo itself. You'll see a four-sided arrow.

Click and drag it around and you'll see these little green alignment guides pop up. When you get to the center for example, you'll know it's aligned up perfectly down the middle and this is horizontally on the page, when that alignment guide appears going up and down through the center of your logo. So, you can let go if that's where you want it. Move up and down until you're in the right spot and when you release, it will be perfectly centered. The same thing goes for sizing. Let's say we wanted to stretch from the left margin to the right margin. Well, let's start by just moving it all the way to the left.

When we see the alignment guide appear on the left margin, we can let go. Now, we're going to stretch it out by going to the bottom right-handle. When we see the double diagonal arrow, we can click and drag across and down until we see an alignment guide appear for the right margin and then you can let go. Now, you know it's perfectly placed from margin to margin on your page. That's the size that fits our options that we've selected. So, that's an example of alignment guides working right on the page.

Let's scroll down a little further. When we see that paragraph that begins with, No Obstacles Sport logo helps establish, let's say we want to insert a little image here as well. So, we'll just click towards the right-hand side. Go to the Insert Tab, and again, we're going to insert another picture. This time it's the NO_transparent logo. So, we'll select it and click Insert. That's going to be way too big to fit on the page there. So, we're going to size it down. Let's go the bottom right corner. Just click and drag and you can see by default it's treated just like any other character in the paragraph. All right.

So it moves back up to the previous page. We have some extra space in here that we can delete. Just click above the paragraph and hit the Delete key a couple of times and now let's move this kind of into the paragraph, but we want it to not be treated as a separate character in our paragraph, but as an object that's inside the paragraph. Let's go over to our Layout options again. Click that icon and this time we want it to wrap around, all around. Let's go to Square. You can see what's happening now.

As we move it inside the paragraph, notice, there's an alignment guide that appears across the top to let us know that we're lined up perfectly with the top of the paragraph. As we move down towards the bottom, you can see we have the ability to move it anywhere inside the paragraph, but as soon as we get near the top, we will see an alignment guide telling us we're at the top of the paragraph. I'm going to go to the top of the paragraph and to the right margin, so I see Alignment Guides on the right and at the top and release.

Now, we can just click anywhere in the paragraph to see the end result. I like that. So, with the Alignment Guides, there's no guess work. You know exactly where you're placing it in relation to other parts of your page or paragraph. Alignment Guides, a nice little timesaver.

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Office 2013 New Features

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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 16m 49s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 57s
    2. Integrating with the cloud
      3m 42s
    3. Exploring Touch mode
      2m 53s
    4. Using the bookmark feature
      2m 18s
    5. Customizing the Ribbon with display options
      2m 59s
  3. 27m 44s
    1. Inserting online video
      4m 4s
    2. Editing PDF documents
      4m 58s
    3. Inserting and reading comments
      2m 55s
    4. Tracking changes and conversations
      2m 19s
    5. Using Read mode for longer documents
      4m 14s
    6. Using object zoom in Read mode
      1m 53s
    7. Exploring new templates in Word
      2m 47s
    8. Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides
      4m 34s
  4. 28m 25s
    1. Filling empty cells using Flash Fill
      3m 38s
    2. Filtering records using a Timeline
      3m 11s
    3. Previewing with Quick Analysis
      4m 34s
    4. Using Chart Advisor recommendations
      2m 43s
    5. Finding errors and issues with Power view
      6m 16s
    6. Converting roman numerals into arabic numbers
      2m 42s
    7. Protecting data in a shared spreadsheet
      5m 21s
  5. 33m 36s
    1. Working with new templates
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring the new Presenter view
      3m 45s
    3. Using color adjustments
      2m 59s
    4. Inserting new charts
      8m 37s
    5. Positioning objects with various guides
      2m 50s
    6. Exploring new transition effects
      2m 55s
    7. Creating a custom shape
      4m 31s
    8. Playing an audio track across multiple slides
      4m 30s
  6. 7m 2s
    1. Exploring changes to the user interface
      3m 23s
    2. Exploring the new Access templates
      3m 39s
  7. 8m 48s
    1. Inserting online pictures into a publication
      3m 10s
    2. Using the scratch area for inserting images
      3m 30s
    3. Creating JPEGs with the Save for Photo Printing option
      2m 8s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 30s
    2. Changing views
      4m 8s
    3. Embedding files in a notebook
      3m 31s
    4. Linking notes to your Outlook calendar
      3m 57s
    5. Inserting a screenshot
      2m 21s
  9. 8m 8s
    1. Exploring the user interface and some sneak peeks
      3m 35s
    2. Using the Weather bar
      1m 42s
    3. Connecting to social networks
      2m 51s
  10. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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